Our Ref: BR2/0146
9 March 2018
ROLE OF THE GUARD & EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN (GTR)
INTRODUCTION OF NEW DOO ROUTES – SOUTHERN (GTR)
Concerns have been raised with regards to the strike action which you and your colleagues are taking part in on Monday 12th March A resolution was submitted to your National Executive Committee from the East Sussex Coastway Branch stating that members had understood that the next strike date would be in conjunction with members in other train operating companies in similar disputes with their respective employers.
Your NEC has noted such concerns but states categorically that the previous decision to take this Monday’s action was taken after widespread consultation with branches and a number of representatives, along with many rank and file members.
The NEC believes that stepping back now from this action would be a disservice to the membership in this long-running dispute and therefore reiterated the decision that the strike action on Monday should go ahead.
I would make the point that, while there are disputes elsewhere with regards to companies extending and/or introducing driver only operation and this being driven by government demands on the various franchises, each dispute can be resolved by each individual employer. For this reason, our demands that Southern can resolve this dispute remains quite separate from any national campaign. If Scotrail and Arriva Trains Wales can reach agreement with your union, then so can Southern and our demands will continue to be made until the company does so.
You and your colleagues at Southern have shown amazing resolve in this dispute, which is nearing its second anniversary. I have no doubt you will continue to demonstrate this resolve during next Monday’s action and right through until you see a resolution to this dispute.
Finally, I can advise you that the NEC will be convening a meeting with our national officers and Regional Organiser in the very near future in order to discuss all aspects of this dispute and consider the way forward. After this takes place, I will of course keep you informed of all decisions taken.
In the meantime, I once again offer my gratitude and admiration to you and your colleagues for showing continued support for your union during this dispute.
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